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Lean facility design

Using lean thinking in the design and building of new facilities


Speed Chat with Experts
Thursday, Nov. 7 Location Code
9:15am-11:45am Acapulco, West Tower, Ballroom Level ThS/42

Learn how organizations are spending more time and money up-front in the design phase to learn how the facility needs to be designed to improve experiences and eliminate waste leading to both short and long-term savings.


Michigan Medicine and Akron Children’s Hospital will share their experiences with lean facility design. The experiences shared will cover a range of new designs from redesigning a department to an entire new building.

During this two-hour “Speed Chat with Experts” session, time will be split between presentations by the organizations and then small group discussions with each of the presenters. This will allow time to engage in longer, more personal conversations with each presenter as each rotates from group to group.

Panelists: Mike Antochow / Corrie Pennington-Block / Andrew Rearick / Dr. Cemal Sozener

Mike Antochow has been with the Mark A. Watson Center for Operational Excellence at Akron Children’s Hospital for nine years as a data analyst and operational excellence and innovation leader. He works to ensure the hospital achieves the results it seeks by working with leadership to develop guiding principles, improving systems and promoting a culture of operational excellence. Having coached more than 200 staff members, including those from external partner organizations, he is currently managing the hospital’s A3 and Green Belt process-improvement programs. Antochow graduated from Purdue University with a BSc degree in industrial engineering. He earned a MBA degree and a six sigma black belt from the University of Akron and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in health care innovation from Arizona State University. www.akronchildrens.org/pages/Operational-Excellence 

Corrie Pennington-Block is a senior project manager and lean coach for Michigan Medicine where she facilitates groups through the lean facility design process. Her projects have included renovation of the Mott Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Hospital, the relocation of the Michigan Medicine pathology department, and her current project for a proposed new clinical inpatient tower. Previously, she was involved in lean manufacturing and new facility design for both General Motors and Fiat Chrysler automobiles. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in industrial operations engineering. https://med.umich.edu/ 

Andrew Rearick has been in the laboratory at Akron Children's for six years as a medical technologist. He is a leader within the lab, holding key committee roles for lab safety, professional development, and quality assurance. This past year, he has been the laboratory’s renovation project leader, coordinating the construction phasing efforts between the contractor crew and fellow lab technologists to ensure the lab is functional and operational every day. Rearick graduated from Malone University with a BA degree in biology and is currently enrolled at the University of Cincinnati for a master's degree in health administration. www.akronchildrens.org 
Dr. Cemal Sozener
is associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. He practices clinically in the Emergency Department and Critical Care Center and is an active member of the institutional stroke team. He serves as the co-director of the Comprehensive Stroke Program. Dr. Sozener has extensive background and interest in department and hospital operations as well as lean-inspired design and the intersection of healthcare engineering, operations, technology and patient safety. He is involved in a number of institutional projects, and is an active educator in the lean educational series. Sozener received his BS, M.Eng and MD degrees from the University of Michigan. He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at the University of Michigan, where he also served as chief resident. https://medicine.umich.edu/medschool/home